Types of Pardons

You can apply for an expungement pardon, or a provisional pardon in Connecticut. An expungement pardon applies to your entire criminal history. If granted, your whole criminal history will get expunged, or erased. A provisional pardon applies simply to your ability to get a job. This type of pardon shows a potential employer that you are employable, even though you have a criminal history. An employer cannot deny you employment based on your criminal history if you have received a provisional pardon. Pardon eligibility will depend on which pardon you want to apply for.

If you are a prisoner sentenced for eight years or more, you must serve at least four years before applying for a pardon. In sentences of less than eight years, at least one half of the term must be served, but in no event can the actual time served be less than 18 months. The Board does not count pre-sentence incarceration time.

Expungement Pardon Eligibility:

  • You can apply for an Expungement pardon three years after the date of a misdemeanor conviction.
  • You can apply for an Expungement pardon five years after the date of a felony conviction.
  • Don’t apply until you are off of probation/parole.
  • You cannot have any nolle within the last thirteen months.